MINUTES
City Council Meeting
City of Butler, Pennsylvania
March 23, 2017

Mayor Donaldson called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM. Mayor Donaldson and Council members Walter, Kline, Bonus and Roche were present. The pledge of allegiance to the flag followed an invocation given by Pastor Fred Kison, Christ’s Outreach Church.

Motion by Mayor Donaldson with a second from CM Walter to approve the minutes of Regular meeting of February 23, 2017. All voted aye.

The following action took place at the City’s Forum Meeting held on March 21, 2017:

  1. City Council, acting as the Board of Health, and under the provisions of the Third Class City Code, Section XXIII, (b) Abatement of Public Nuisances, Section 2321, found the following subject structure detrimental to public health and order its removal by demolition:  322 Liberty Street.  Motion by Mayor Donaldson. Second by CM Walter.   All voted aye.

MONTHLY & ANNUAL DEPARTMENT REPORTS

(Note: Department Reports Distributed to Council at Tuesday’s Forum Meeting for Review)

Motion by Mayor Donaldson with a second from CM Roche to acknowledge receipt of the monthly minutes from RACB, including the CDBG/HOME Program activities

Department reports for the month of February were approved by individual, unanimous votes.

COUNCIL REPORTS/ACTIONS

 

Councilman Walter

  1. Motion for the adoption of City Ordinance No. 1742; an ordinance increasing the indebtedness of the City of Butler, Butler County, Pennsylvania by the issue of a General Obligation Note in the amount of $390,000.00 for the purpose of storm sewer repairs, traffic signal upgrades, Sullivan Run Flood Control Project and demolition. Second by Mayor Donaldson. All voted aye.
  2. Motion to approve the design of a new decal to be placed on public works vehicles, a copy of which is attached to the minutes of this meeting. Second CW Kline. All voted aye.
  3. Motion to approve Resolution 2017-03-23A; appointing voting delegates to the tax collection committee. Second by CW Kline. All voted aye.
  4. Motion to approve the conditional hiring of Kelly Thompson as a temporary employee, working approximately 7 hours per week, from March, 2017 through May, 2017 in the Office of the City Treasurer to be paid $12.00 per hour. Second by CW Kline. All voted aye.

Councilman Bonus

  1. Motion to approve City Resolution 2017–03–23 revising the City’s administrative fee schedule as of April 1, 2017. Second by Mayor Donaldson. All voted aye.
  2. Motion to award the demolition of 208 Ridge Avenue to A P Wise Excavating in the amount of $6,050.00 based upon the general specifications of the contract and the release by the City Solicitor. Second by CW Kline. All voted aye.
  3. Motion to award the demolition of 134 Third Avenue to A P Wise Excavating in the amount of $8,025.00 based upon the general specifications of the contract and the release by the City Solicitor. Second by CW Kline. All voted aye.
  4. Motion to refund Gateway Engineers $600.00 due to the cancellation of a conditional use hearing. Second by Mayor Donaldson. All voted aye.

Councilman Roche

  1. Motion for the second reading and adoption of City Ordinance No. 1741; an ordinance of the city of Butler, Pennsylvania amending Chapter 101; Alcohol beverages; of the codified ordinances of the City of Butler. Second by Mayor Donaldson. All voted aye.
  2. Motion to approve a permit for the Beer Fest Event scheduled for June 24, 2017 in the Centre City Parking Garage provided the Sponsor provides the City with proof of insurance and a satisfactory plan for disposal of garbage and waste generated from the event and for bathroom facilities for those attending the event. This approval is contingent upon the Sponsor meeting with the Chief of Police and Parking Manager and satisfying all conditions required by Chief Brown and James Chiprean. This approval is further contingent upon the Sponsor obtaining the written consent and approval of the new hotel to confirm that the event will not result in a breach of the parking lease between the City and the owners of the hotel. Second by Mayor Donaldson. All voted aye.
  3. Motion to approve changes and improvements to the Memorial Park football / lacrosse field to be conducted by Butler Area Midget Football and the Lacrosse Association under the supervision and approval of John Evans and the City Engineer, said changes to include the removal of the dugouts in the now inactive Midget and Bantam League baseball fields. Second by CW Kline. All voted aye.

Mayor Donaldson

  1. Motion to consent to the sale of 718 W Penn Street for $601.00 to be sold from the Butler County Repository by the Butler County Tax Claim Bureau to Professional Housing & Land LLC (tax parcel 565-22-131-0000). Second by CM Roche. All voted aye.
  2. Motion to consent to the sale of 441 Shore Street for $600.00 to be sold from the Butler County Repository by the Butler County Tax Claim Bureau to Thomas and Sandra Bowser (tax parcel 563-8-97A-0000). Second by CW Kline. All voted aye.
  3. Motion to consent to the sale of 210 South Street for $700.00 to be sold from the Butler County Repository by the Butler County Tax Claim Bureau to Robin Cober (tax parcel 561-37-145-0000). Second by CM Bonus. All voted aye.
  4. Motion to approve payment to Coleman SIGNS in the amount of $3,000.00 for signs for the Centre City Parking Garage. LIN 43 463 020. Second by CM Walter.  All voted aye.
  5. Motion to make written application to the Civil Service Board for a certified list of candidates to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Captain Ronald Fierst. Second by CW Kline. All voted aye.
  6. Motion to make written application to the Civil Service Board for a certified list of candidates to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Patrol Officer Jason Gueck. Second by CM Roche. All voted aye.
  7. Motion to make written application to the Civil Service Board for a certified list of candidates to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Patrol Officer Travis Buckshire. Second by CM Walter.  All voted aye.
  8. Motion to make written application to the Civil Service Board for a certified list of candidates to fill the vacancy created by the termination of Sergeant William Mayhugh pending completion of the grievance process. Second by CM Roche. All voted aye.
  9. Motion to make written application to the Civil Service Board for a certified list of candidates to fill the 24th position in the City of Butler Police Department as approved by council in February, 2017 contingent upon finding the funding within the current 2017 budget. Second by CM Bonus. All voted aye.
  10. Motion to enter into an agreement with PSx to monitor the kiosks at a cost of $50/month on a “month to month” basis until the hotel is open. Second by CM Roche.  All voted aye.
  11. Motion to approve payment to Merit Electrical Group, Inc. in the amount of $10,290.37 for the construction of the Centre City Parking Garage. LIN 43 463 020. Second by CM Walter.  All voted aye.

The City Treasurer presented a Monthly Intake Report for February, 2017.

The City Controller presented bills for payment as follows: from the general fund – $249,354.69; from the parking fund – $31,587.29; from the capital projects fund – $2,844.74; from the liquid fuels tax fund – $43,700.39; and from the 2015-Series Bond Proceeds – $14,655.37 for a grand total of $342,142.48. Motion by Mayor Donaldson with second from CM Walter to approve payment of bills as presented.  All voted aye.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS:
  • WISR City Hall – Mayor Donaldson
  • City Building will be closed Friday, April 14th in observance of Good Friday.

Mayor Donaldson adjourned the meeting at 7:38 PM.

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